Finca Rosa Blanca, Arenas Del Mar and Lapa Rios Highlighted as the “best of the best”!
July 2010, Costa Rica - Costa Rica’s Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort, Lapa Rios Rainforest Ecolodge and Finca Rosa Blanca’s Coffee Plantation & Inn have all been identified as a Fodor’s Choice resort, based on feedback from the collective expertise of Fodor’s travel editors, field reviewers and travelers’ opinions.
With the deluge of opinions and information that is available to consumers today, recommendations and “top lists” are easy and reliable tools for travelers to use when choosing their next destination, hotel or vacation experience. Fodor’s describes their Fodor’s Choice selections as the “best of the best”, “providing remarkable experiences in their price range, destination or category.” For consumers, these credible ratings help make choices a bit easier as they come from travel experts, and for these independent resorts it is gratifying to be recognized for all the hard work of providing exceptional guest experiences.
“While we can promote our commitment to guest service, our record as a sustainable property and our locations, consumers really respond to what third party endorsers say about what is authentically experienced,” says Hans Pfister, President of Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, the management company responsible for day to day operations for Arenas Del Mar and Lapa Rios and the marketing of Finca Rosa Blanca. “To be recognized by Fodor’s is a substantial feather in everyone’s cap and one we will celebrate with each team on the ground at the properties.”
Arenas Del Mar is described in its orange star review (which identifies it as a Fodor’s choice resort) as offering the “best of both worlds: luxury and eco-consciousness; best beach access in Manuel Antonio; wonderful bird-watching and wildlife viewing.” While the steep stairs and paths are listed as a “con” in the review, it is also mentioned that electric carts are readily available to move guests around the 12 -acres of natural rainforest and gardens.
International media organizations like The Guardian, Forbes Traveler, and USA Today agree with Fodor’s Choice that Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn is one of the best boutique hotels in the world. As a leading, sustainable eco-luxury inn, Finca Rosa Blanca began introducing guests to the local tastes of Costa Rica with its daily tasting tours of its certified organic coffee plantation. The newly introduced cooking classes are a delicious extension of the inn’s many experiences that provide guests with an authentic Costa Rican experience. Fodor’s also indicated pros for Finca Rosa Blanca as: eco-consciousness; indulgence with style; service par excellence.The most spectacular eco-resort in Costa Rica, is how Fodor’s describes Lapa Ríos Ecolodge, recognizing the fact this eco resort has won numerous awards for its mix of conservation and comfort at the edge of civilization. Fodor’s list Lapa Rios’s Pros: excellent, professional service; Tico-flavor atmosphere with local employees; delicious typical and international dishes. Cons are that Lapa Rios is more expensive than other eco-resorts in the area but Fodor’s refers to a visit as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience”.